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Davao City sues 2 taxi drivers caught with fake IDs

May 31, 2019 - Friday 2:05 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- The City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) filed a criminal charge through inquest proceedings on Wednesday against two taxi drivers who were caught last week holding fake IDs in Kilometer 11, Sasa, this city.

CTTMO head Dionesio Abude told the Mirror that the drivers were arrested two weeks after his office started a crackdown against the use of fake public utility vehicles (PUV) driver’s identification.

Abude identified the suspects Carlito Salvador and Candao Mamangcao, both residing in Davao City. They were charged for falsifying public documents.

The penalty for the crime of falsification is prision correccional in its medium and maximum period and a fine of not more than P5,000. The imprisonment that is imposed for a period ranges from two years , four months and one day to six years.

The move of CTTMO us aimed at stopping drivers who are possessing or using driver’s IDs not their own.

CTTMO launched the operation following the arrest of a jeepney driver who used a fake driver’s ID when flagged down early last month.

To acquire PUV ID, a driver must undergo a seminar on the PUJ Drivers Education Program purposely to discipline and educate them on traffic rules and regulations under the City’s traffic code and the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The seminar was held by the CTTMO in March.

Abude said out 22,000 PUV drivers attended the seminar but there are still 8,000 unclaimed IDs.

Abude said only those with approved franchise will be given city-issued PUV IDs. All PUV drivers, however, were required to undergo the seminar even without franchise.

The PUV IDs have special features such as a QR code that can be verified through smartphones issued to traffic enforcers.

During operations, traffic enforcers scan the QR codes of the IDs to check if these were the same ones the city government had issued.

After two months of implementation since March, the CTTMO has already apprehended around 100 vehicles with no city-issued PUV IDs.